Black Swan announces 2010 season

Black Swan State Theatre Company launched its 2010 season at Canton Lounge Bar on Tuesday evening.

Black Swan’s Artistic Director, Kate Cherry, introduced Black Swan’s season, themed “Star Gazing 2010”. The invited guests were also
addressed by playwright Hannie Rayson, whose new play, The Swimming Club, is one of the centerpieces of Black Swan’s 2010 season.

Highlights of Black Swan’s 2010 season include:

• Christine Anu, Casey Donovan and WA actress Kylie Farmer will star in the Motown musical The Sapphires by Tony Briggs, which will be presented as part of the Perth International Arts Festival. The play, a co-production between Black Swan and Company B Belvoir, will then tour to Adelaide and Wollongong before a season in Sydney.

• Hannie Rayson’s new play, The Swimming Club, will star John Waters, Igor Sas, Caroline Gillmer and Megan Holloway. A co-production with Melbourne Theatre Company, this is a play for baby boomers and all those who love them.

• The Clean House, a fantastical and whimsical comedy by Sarah Ruhl about clean homes and messy lives, will star Pia Miranda and Sarah McNeill. The Clean House is a co-production with Queensland Theatre Company.

• After the success of Much Ado About Nothing in 2009, Black Swan will present another Shakespeare comedy, Twelfth Night, in 2010. This play was the inaugural production of the fledgling Black Swan Theatre Company in 1991. As in 1991, the cast of this brand new production will again include Geoff Kelso (this time in the role of Malvolio).

• Amanda Muggleton will star in Madagascar by J.T. Rogers, a haunting story of a mysterious disappearance that changes three lives forever.

• Black Swan’s emerging artist development program, The HotBed Ensemble, will present The Shape of Things by Neil LaBute andYellow Moon – The Ballad of Leila and Lee by UK playwright David Greig.

Erin James

Erin James is AussieTheatre.com's former Editor in Chief and a performer on both stage and screen. Credits include My Fair Lady, South Pacific and The King and I (Opera Australia), Love Never Dies and Cats (Really Useful Group), Blood Brothers (Enda Markey Presents), A Place To Call Home (Foxtel/Channel 7) and the feature film The Little Death (written and directed by Josh Lawson).

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